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Hello from Denmark. Another great day here and I will tell you a little more about it soon.

I came across this funny comic about the ebook vs the traditional book. It's cute. The real point of the story is - reading is not only fun, but very important and helps develop many attributes in a child.

Oh, and here are some great STEM reading (and game) resources. This might come in handy over the summer?!

http://stemcollaborative.org/additionalResources.html

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5 Robust Apps For The Chromebook Classroom http://t.co/EWYkZuXnUa
Helping kids show what they understand by making their thinking visible should be at the heart of most pedagogically sound technology integration. Chrome apps can help you do just that if you choose the right ones. Here are some of my top picks for achieving this in the Chromebook classroom. BookTrack This ingenious platform puts …
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What a great feature!
 
Set Pre-filled Responses in Google Forms
If you’re a power user of Google Forms, did you know that you can save a lot of time by creating a default version that is customizable with each new use? The easiest way to do this is by pre-filling responses for certain fields.

In this video, I mention several different use cases but the most prominent is for teachers and those in the EDU community. If you use Google Forms to have students submit assignments, pre-filling a response can definitely streamline the process.

For example, as a teacher you would have a default Google Form for student’s assignments with the basic fields covered:

- First and Last Names
- Section Number
- Assignment Name
- Assignments Shared URL in Google Drive

As you create different assignments for your students, pre-filling the Assignment Name with your specific naming convention can make it easy to keep track of responses, along with only having to edit one Google Form.

Pre-filling responses is great for any industry as well. If you require employees to submit time-sheets through a Google Form, pre-filling the date range will allow you to manage one Form, rather than dozens.
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Yesterday 5,000 people signed The White House Petition supporting Tesla's right to sell in all 50 states. Thank you everyone! However, we still need 88,000 more signatures by July 5! Support Tesla and consumer choice> 
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Want to Hangout with the White House and some NASA folk today?
 
This Friday at 2pm ET, the White House will host a "We The Geeks" Google+ Hangout on asteroids with experts including NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, former astronaut Ed Lu, and Bill Nye the Science Guy: http://at.wh.gov/lvjzd

Tune in to find out how experts are working to find asteroids before they find us—and other potential opportunities these space rocks present. Ask your questions using #WeTheGeeks and we'll answer some during the hangout.
We the Geeks: Asteroids
Fri, May 31, 2013, 2:00 PM

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Have you seen this wonderful video with principals singing the praises of school librarians? 
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If you are a teacher in a GAFE school, you should give Flubaroo a try. Easily (very easily) create self-grading assessments and more.
 
Flubaroo add-on for Google Sheets

A favorite among teachers, Flubaroo is now even easier to use. With add-ons in Sheets, quickly grade and analyze student performance on multiple choice and fill-in assignments. Designed by a teacher, for teachers, Flubaroo is easy to use. Try it today for your assignments, quizzes, assessments, or even an exam. http://goo.gl/DralHr
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Need to work in a lesson with SS teachers on this!
 
Student tip: use the research pane to tap into Google Search directly from Google Docs and Slides. You can add images, quotes, maps, and more  without having to open a new tab.

You can access the research pane from the Tools menu by right clicking on a selected word that you want to learn more about, or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+R on Windows or Cmd+Alt+R on Mac. 

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This looks very useful. I'm sending the link off to my teachers. 
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I took their search course last summer; it was very useful. Looking forward to this offering! See you online. #tlchat   #sschat  
 
Looking to expand your use of Google's mapping tools in the classroom? We have just the ticket! Mapping with Google is a new online course that helps you improve your use of new and existing features of Google Maps and Google Earth. 

Register for Mapping with Google at g.co/mappingcourse to discover new ways explore the world, plan your summer outings, and create and share custom maps and tours.

The course runs from June 10 - June 24 so sign up today! #mappingcourse 
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Apple iPhone Trade-In Program Is Coming?
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Apple is reportedly set this month to launch an iPhone trade-in program aimed at encouraging customers to upgrade to the iPhone 5 and refurb

FETC
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FETC is the content-rich conference that brings education leaders and technology experts together to exchange techniques and strategies for teaching and learning success.

91% of Teachers Have Computer Access [INFOGRAPHIC]
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Remember when film projectors and Power Point presentations were cutting-edge in the classroom? Innovation in schools is on the rise.

Study: Effective School Libraries Impact Entire Schools, Not Just Test S...
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By Lauren Barack April 25, 2012. An effective school library impacts more than student achievement—it also lifts a school's entire educa

Nutfield Genealogy: Pinterest for Genealogy
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This idea came from fellow genealogy blogger and Londonderry resident, Timothy McQuaid (click here for a link to his blog Forgotten Journeys

How to Use Google Search More Effectively [INFOGRAPHIC]
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Fewer than 25% of students know how to perform a "reasonably well-executed search" of web information. This inforgraphic shares a few essent

Live From the Launch Pad: Lessons Learned From the Shuttle Tweetup
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Spend your own money to travel to Florida during its least pleasant season, bum a ride to a rented house split with strangers, and wake up

FoxCT: Brookfield Science Teacher Interviewed About NASA Tweetup
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Middle school teacher Geoff Bergen interviewed on Fox CT.